HB 507/SB 632 – North Carolina Momnibus Act

HB 507/SB 632 – North Carolina Momnibus Act

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Julie von Haefen (D-Wake); Rep. Zack Hawkins (D-Durham); Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Vernetta Alston (D-Durham)

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Natalie Murdock (D-Durham); Sen. Sydney Batch (D-Wake); Sen. Deandrea Salvador (D-Mecklenburg)

Summary

This bill:

  • Establishes the Social Determinants of Maternal Health Task Force within DHHS to develop a strategy to coordinate efforts between State agencies to address social determinants of maternal health with respect to pregnant and postpartum individuals.
  • Establishes the Maternal Mortality Prevention Grant Program to award competitive grants to eligible entities to establish or expand programs for the prevention of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity among black women.
  • Requires DHHS, in collaboration with community-based organizations led by black women that serve primarily black birthing people and a historically black college or university that primarily serves minority populations, to create or identify an evidence-based implicit bias training program for health care professionals involved in perinatal care.
  • Establishes certain specified rights of perinatal care patients.
  • Makes a series of appropriations to DHHS to support data collection, surveillance, and research on maternal health as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Requires DHHS to provide the public with evidence-based public health information and education about COVID-19 and pregnancy.
  • Establishes the Task Force on Birthing Experience and Safe Maternity Care During a Public Health Emergency within DHHS to develop recommendations on respectful maternity care during the COVID-19 public health emergency and other public health emergencies.

Movement

HB 507

Filed – 4/8/2021

SB 632

Filed – 4/6/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Rules and Operations


HB 510 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

HB 510 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort, Craven); Rep. Erin Pare (R-Wake); Rep. Bobby Hanig (R-Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico); Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph)

Summary

This bill establishes the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill:

  • Defines the term “born alive”.
  • Requires any healthcare provider present at the time a child is born alive following an abortion or an attempt to perform an abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.
  • Requires a health care practitioner or any hospital, physician office, or abortion clinic employee with knowledge of noncompliance to immediately report the noncompliance to an appropriate state or federal law enforcement agency.
  • Makes any person who intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive punishable for murder under a Class A felony.

Movement

Filed – 4/8/2021


HB 512/SB 575 – Pharmacists Improve Public Health Needs

HB 512/SB 575 – Pharmacists Improve Public Health Needs

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Wayne Sasser

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Jim Burgin (R-Harnett, Johnston, Lee); Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Davie, Forsyth); Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir, Wayne)

Summary

This bill:

  • Adds immunizing pharmacists and clinical pharmacist practitioners to the categories of individuals who can prescribe an opioid antagonist in certain specified situations.
  • Allows an immunizing pharmacist to administer vaccinations approved by the FDA in accordance with the protocols established by the advisory committee on immunization practices to individuals at least six years of age pursuant to a specific prescription order initiated by a prescriber following a physical examination of the patient by the prescriber.
  • Allows immunizing pharmacists and clinical pharmacist practitioners to prescribe and dispense certain specified medications including Naloxone, tobacco cessation medications, epinephrine, glucagon, short-acting bronchodilators, hormonal contraceptives, prenatal vitamins, controlled substances for the prevention of HIV, dietary fluoride supplements, and prescription medications not requiring a diagnosis that are recommended by the CDC for individuals traveling outside the United States.
  • Requires immunizing pharmacists to maintain a record of any vaccine, immunization, or medication administered to the patient, notify the patient’s primary care provider within 72 hours of the administration, furnish patient records to the patient or the primary care provider upon request, and to provide counseling to the patient in certain circumstances.
  • Requires immunizing pharmacists and clinical pharmacist practitioners who prescribe and dispense certain medication to comply with specified conditions and rules adopted by the Medical Board and the Board of Pharmacy.
  • Requires the Medical Board and the Board of Pharmacy Joint Subcommittee to develop certain specified statewide written protocols.

Movement

HB 512

Filed – 4/8/2021

SB 575

Filed – 4/7/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees

-Rules and Operations


HB 514/SB 633 – NC Healthy Pregnancy Act

HB 514/SB 633 – NC Healthy Pregnancy Act

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Julie von Haefen (D-Wake); Rep. Zack Hawkins (D-Durham); Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Vernetta Alston (D-Durham)

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Natalie Murdock (D-Durham); Sen. Sydney Batch (D-Wake); Sen. Natasha Marcus (D-Mecklenburg)

Summary

This bill includes a series of provisions addressing pregnancy-related discrimination and workplace accommodations. Specifically, this bill:

  • Establishes the NC Healthy Pregnancy Act
  • Requires employers to investigate whether there are reasonable accommodations that can be made and to make reasonable accommodations as statutorily defined upon request by a qualified pregnant person.
  • Prohibits certain specified discriminatory practices by employers related to a pregnant person.
  • Permits a pregnant person aggrieved by a prohibited discriminatory practice to bring a civil action against any person/entity alleged to have committed the discriminatory practice.

Movement

HB 514

Filed – 4/8/2021

SB 633

Filed – 4/6/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Rules and Operations


HB 521 – 2021 Safe Drinking Water Act

HB 521 – 2021 Safe Drinking Water Act

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Ashton Clemmons (D-Guilford); Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange); Rep. Robert Reives, II (D-Chatham, Durham); Rep. Marvin Lucas (D-Cumberland)

Summary

This bill requires the Commission for Public Health to commence rulemaking to establish the maximum contaminant levels for specified contaminants, including PFAS, PFOA, PFOS, Hexavalent chromium, and 1,4-Dioxane.

Movement

Filed – 4/8/2021


HB 524 – Oral Chemo Treatment Access During Pandemic

HB 524 – Oral Chemo Treatment Access During Pandemic

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Gale Adcock (D-Wake); Rep. Wayne Sasser (R-Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly)

Summary

This bill requires health benefit plans that provide coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer drugs and for intravenously administered or injected anticancer drugs to: (1) provide coverage for prescribed, orally administered anticancer drugs on a basis no less favorable than the coverage the plan provides for intravenously administered; and (2) provide coverage for orally administered anticancer drugs that is not subject to any prior authorization, dollar limit, copayment, coinsurance, or deductible provision or to any other out-of-pocket expense that does not apply to intravenously administered or injected anticancer drugs.

This bill also prohibits health benefit plans from achieving compliance with these requirements by reclassifying anticancer drugs or by increasing patient cost-sharing imposed on anticancer drugs.

Movement

Filed – 4/8/2021


HB 525 – Allow ERPOs to Prevent Suicides & Save Lives

HB 525 – Allow ERPOs to Prevent Suicides & Save Lives

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Marcia Morey (D-Durham); Rep. John Autry (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Rosa Gill (D-Wake); Rep. Grier Martin (D-Wake)

Summary

This bill establishes a process for family members, law enforcement, and/or health care providers to obtain an Extreme Risk Protection Order, a court order temporarily restricting a person’s access to firearms if the person poses a significant danger of harming themselves or other by possessing a firearm.

Movement

Filed – 4/8/2021


HB 373/SB 228 – Allow Employers to Offer EPO Benefit Plans

HB 373/SB 228 – Allow Employers to Offer EPO Benefit Plans

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania); Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Davie, Forsyth); Sen. Jim Burgin (R-Harnett, Johnston, Lee)

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Dana Bumgardner (R-Gaston); Rep. Kyle Hall (R-Rockingham, Stokes, Surry); Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln)

Summary

This bill:

  • Revises GS 58-50-56(i) to permit any person enrolled in a preferred provider benefit plans, other than an exclusive provider benefit plan, to obtain covered health services from a provider who does not participate in the plan.
  • Defines an exclusive provider benefit plan as “a preferred provider benefit plan in which enrollees must receive covered services from health care providers who are under contract with the insurer and under which there is no requirement of coverage for care received from a health care provider who is not under contract with the insurer except for certain emergency services and certain medically covered services.
  • Requires certain actions to take place upon the termination of a contract offering an exclusive provider benefit plan by the provider or by the insurer or when the insurer or benefits/coverage provided by the insurer are terminated due to a change in the terms of provider participation if the insured is undergoing treatment from the provider for an ongoing special condition on the date of the termination including:
    1. The insurer must notify the insured on a timely basis of the provider’s termination of the contract and of the insured’s right to elect continuation of coverage of treatment by the provider if the insured has a claim with the insurer for services provided by the terminated provider or if the insurer knows the insured is a patient of the terminated provider.
    2. The insurer must permit an insured to elect to continue to be covered with respect to the treatment by the terminated provider for the ongoing special condition during a transitional period.
  • Defines “ongoing special condition” to include certain categories of acute and chronic illness, terminal illness for which an individual has a medical prognosis of a life expectancy of 6 months or less, and pregnancy from the start of the second trimester.
  • States that the length of a general transition period should be determined by the treating health care provider so long as it does not exceed 90 days after the date of the notice of termination or the date of enrollment in a new plan.
  • Provides for specific extensions of the general transition period for (1) individuals who had scheduled or who were on a waiting list to schedule surgery, organ transplant, or inpatient care, (2) individuals entering the second trimester of pregnancy, and (3) terminally ill individuals.
  • Requires exclusive provider benefit plans to provide transition coverage to individuals who are (1) newly covered because the individual’s employer has changed benefit plans and (2) are undergoing treatment from a provider for an ongoing special condition.
  • Identifies 6 terms and conditions upon which an insurer can condition coverage of continued treatment by a provider following termination of a provider or to a newly covered insured including:
  1. When care is provided following termination of a provider, the provider must agree to accept reimbursement form the insurer and, with respect to cost-sharing, from the insured at the rates applicable before the start of the transitional period as payment in full.
  2. When care is provided to a newly covered insured, the provider must agree to accept the prevailing rate based on contracts the insurer has with the same or similar providers in the same or similar geographic area, plus the applicable copayment.
  3. The provider must agree to comply with the quality assurance programs of the insurer responsible for payment and to provide the insurer with necessary medical information related to the care provided.
  4. The provider agrees to the insurer’s established policies and procedures for participating providers.
  5. The receipt of notification from the insured within 45 days of the date of the notice of termination of the contract by the insured or the new enrollment of a newly covered insured that insured elects to continue receiving treatment by the provider.
  6. The provider must agree to discontinue providing services at the end of the transition period and to assist the insured in an orderly transition to a network provider.
  • States that an insurer is not required to offer a transitional period when the insurer terminates a provider’s contract for reasons relating to quality of care or fraud.

Movement

SB 228

Filed – 3/10/2021

This bill was referred to Rules and Operations on 3/11/2021, but it was withdrawn from Committee on 3/18/2021.

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Commerce and Insurance

-Health Care

-Rules and Operations

HB 373

Filed 3/23/2021

This bill was referred to the following House Committees:

-Insurance

-Rules, Calendar, and Operations


HB 492 – WC/Psych. Trauma-Related Injuries

HB 492 – WC/Psych. Trauma-Related Injuries

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Donna White (R-Johnston); Rep. Kristin Baker, MD (R-Cabarrus); Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg)

 

Summary

This bill allows first responders to receive workers’ compensation benefits for PTSD if the disorder resulted from the responder acting within the course of his or her employment and the responder has been examined and diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist who establishes that the disorder is a result of employment activities.

Movement

Filed – 4/5/2021


SB 547 – FIBER NC Act

SB 547 – FIBER NC Act

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Michael Lazzara (R-Jones, Onslow); Sen. Kevin Corbin (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain); Sen. Kirk deViere (D-Cumberland)

Summary

This bill:

  • Authorizes counties and cities to build facilities or equipment of broadband services for the purpose of leasing the facilities or equipment to one or more lessees who are not a governmental unit.
  • Requires counties and cities to conduct a feasibility study to determine needs and available resources and perform other specified activities prior to beginning construction of facilities or equipment of broadband services.
  • Requires any lease by a city for facilities and equipment of a broadband service to comply with a list of specified requirements.

Movement

Filed – 4/5/2021